Austin Dillon writes his Daytona 500 historical past — in everlasting ink


After Austin Dillon received the Daytona 500, his “Wolfpack” howled on the moon till the solar got here up on Monday.

The occasion moved from Victory Lane at Daytona Worldwide Speedway to throughout the road at Tijuana Flats.

However the internal circle ended up at Daytona Hardcore Tattoos for some celebratory ink late final night time.

“I bought a tattoo final night time,” Dillon acknowledged. “It says Daytona 500 Champ on it. It’s fairly cool. And also you’ll by no means be capable of see it both. Hate it for you all. It’s a fairly cool wanting tattoo. Whitney (Dillon’s spouse) might be the one one which’s going to see it for some time.

“Really quite a lot of the blokes bought tattoos final night time. All people was lined up.”

Whereas the Wolfpack felt no ache within the wee hours of the night time, Dillon’s bottom was a bit delicate nonetheless on Monday.

“Yeah, it damage,” Dillon mentioned. “It feels OK this morning, however one of many boys spanked me on the butt after I came visiting right here and I mentioned, ‘Simple, man.”

Dillon chosen the moniker “Wolfpack” from RCR’s distant location in Welcome, N.C., outdoors of the hub of racing north of Charlotte, N.C. After an evening of partying on the notorious Ocean Deck, the die was forged.

“Whenever you come right down to Lexington, you’re a part of the household,” Dillon mentioned. “My guys that come there, I attempt to convey them in. I’ve had a few guys stay with me on the barn—I stay in a barn. It’s a fairly cool place. Two of the blokes on my staff lived with me at one level. I’m simply attempting to present them the identical alternative my grandpa (Richard Childress) gave me and make it simpler for them to get their profession going. And as soon as they get on their ft, herald one other particular person.

“They’re a part of the Wolfpack from that half on. We really got here down right here on our Easter off-weekend to Daytona. I might have selected quite a lot of cool locations, however I selected Daytona trigger we had a spot to remain down right here and a few buddies. There have been about seven of us that got here down right here. That was the unique ‘Pack’. We simply had fun. The final night time, my huge buddy again there, Radar, he was in opposition to us all getting tattoos. Then he had a few drinks and was like, ‘We’re all going to get tattoos. We’re going to do it now.’ So all of us went and bought a tattoo collectively, designed it up.”

Dillon and his boys settled on a howling wolf to be completely affixed to their buttocks.

“Twelve of us bought the tattoo that night time,” Dillon mentioned. “That was the unique Wolfpack. Now, there’s about 20 of us and it simply retains on rising.”

Paul Swan was one of many unique fraternity with the Wolfpack stamp. The previous Bowling Inexperienced College linebacker turned jackman/entrance tire provider for the No. three staff was inked with Dillon however added a Daytona 500 tattoo on his cheek previous to Monday morning’s celebratory breakfast.

“We went again to the identical tattoo parlor,” Swan mentioned. “I bought a brand new tattoo—a Daytona 500 champion tattoo. So I’ve three ass tattoos now. It’s like an enormous ass patch.”

Derrell Edwards, a former basketball participant at Excessive Level College, had by no means been uncovered to NASCAR earlier than touring Richard Childress Racing’s campus in Welcome, N.C. An opportunity assembly with RCR’s chaplain, Richard Payne, led to his present position as a jackman/tire provider for Dillon.

However simply two years in the past, Swan and Edwards had been working on the ARCA stage earlier than rapidly ascending to the Cup tour later that yr. Swan moved to Dillon’s crew from the No. 27 staff final yr.

“Rising up in Baltimore I used to be by no means uncovered to NASCAR,” Edwards mentioned. “However that is dangerous ass.”

That is actually true for Edwards, who additionally obtained his initiation ink Sunday night time.

The one holdout on the No. three RCR staff? Crew chief Justin Alexander.

“I informed them I’d get one after we received Homestead—and the championship,” Alexander mentioned.